Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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Wake Forest: HKS/ Blake Marvin; Eskenazi: Timothy Hursley As healthcare continues its shift to a payment for value reimbursement model (versus traditional fee for transaction) and to outpatient ambulatory care environments (versus traditional inpatient care), the need for hospitals to control costs, improve environmental quality and increase patient satisfaction has never been more important. Integrating these diverse needs into both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings, accommodating new work processes, technologies and evoking comfort for all patients are among hospitals' top priorities. Recent projects illustrate furniture plays a key role in Trends in healthcare furniture Creature Comforts providing fl exible facility solutions by meeting key patient, visitor and staf needs, while avoiding potential built-in obsolescence. Waiting areas Environments that provide comfort not only make the patient feel better by reducing stress, but also help them feel nurtured, promoting positive changes in perception and satisfaction. In all settings, the waiting experience forms fi rst impressions, as patients and families must often wait for extended periods. Spotlight furniture & casework WORTHY OF THE WAIT Top: The outpatient waiting area at Wake Forest Cancer Center offers varying types of waiting and seating options for patients and families, including an individual touchdown area. Right: This inpatient waiting area at Eskenazi Hospital provides different types and heights of seating. Wider, heavy-duty, two-seat furniture units are combined with single-seat units. The area also includes integrated technology components. BY PATRICK SCHULTZ, ANA PINTO-ALEXANDER & DEBRA KLIMENKO 20 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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